Ms SYLVIA HALE
[6.36 p.m.]: The announcement today that the Government is moving substantial control of Callan Park from the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority to Leichhardt Council is welcome. The announcement means that the Government has finally retreated from its proposal to allow Sydney University to overwhelm the park. It is a significant win for the community and for the Friends of Callan Park, who have struggled for more than a decade to ensure that this truly historic site is retained in public ownership and remains open for use by the community.
What has brought about this sudden change of heart and about-face? Undoubtedly the significant wins by the Greens in Leichhardt at last September's local government elections—which resulted in the election of a Green mayor and deputy mayor—lay heavily on the mind of the Government and, even more, on the mind of local member Verity Firth, whose seat Labor can no longer take for granted. The punishment dished out to the Government at last Saturday's by-election was yet another factor—
[Time for debate expired.
Question—That this House do now adjourn—put and resolved in the affirmative.
Motion agreed to.
The House adjourned at 6.37 p.m. until Thursday 23 October 2008 at 11.00 a.m.